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In the lead-up to Captain America: Civil War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s premiere news program, WHIH World News, has been upping their coverage of the impact superheroes have on society. Last week, they addressed whether the Avengers and their activities should be monitored by government officials. This week on Newsfront, the program took to the streets to ask people whether regular citizens should have to pay for the destruction left behind by by their “exploits.” Take a look!
Just like with the last WHIH Newsfront installment, this week’s episode features Leslie Bibb’s Christine Everhart and Al Madrigal’s Will Adams behind the news desk to address whether there should be a special tax that pays for the poverty damage these superheroes leave behind while battling the forces of evil. In other words, does the responsibility fall on the people causing the damage in the midst of protecting us or the folks who have to clean up afterwards, prompting Adams to make a sarcastic comment about them having to decide between paying taxes or staying alive.
As you can expect, the answers from folks on the street were mixed. On the one hand, some people thought that with all the Avengers do to keep us safe, paying to fix the destruction left behind isn’t really a burden. One woman said that although she doesn’t have a cool shield, a suit of armor or even know how to fight, she does know how to clean up. On the other hand, other folks stated the heroes needed to pay for their actions. One man even notes how Tony Stark has enough money to pay to fix New York “10 times over.” Obviously this is a divisive issue, and it is undoubtedly one of the many things being taken into account when the Sokovia Accords are passed in Captain America: Civil War.
It’s a superhero’s job to keep people safe, but obviously they want to do that without causing much damage. Unfortunately, battling the bad guys can get messy, and sometimes a hero has to blast through a building or damage a car to to keep people safe. Now, we obviously know that it’s the super villains who are the ones instigating this widespread destruction. Just look at when happened to New York in The Avengers and Sokovia in Avengers: Age of Ultron, not to mention all the chaos unleashed in the solo MCU movies. However, to the regular citizens around the world, they’re the ones who have to live with afterwards, whether it was an alien that destroyed their car or Captain America’s shield that broke their window. It shows that even when the battle is over, the aftermath lingers for a long time.
Moviegoers will see the superhero status quo undergo a massive shift when Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6.